Movie review: ‘Fading Gigolo’ a wispy New York romance
John Turturro writes and directs "Fading Gigolo," a romantic comedy so slight it blows away like steam off a manhole cover.
Turturro plays Fioravante, a part-time florist who’s pushed into a lucrative gig as a male prostitute for wealthy socialites. The guy doing the pushing is his friend Murray, a bankrupted bookseller played as a Woody Allen character by, naturally, Woody Allen.
When not servicing rich women (played here by Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara), Fioravante strikes up a tentative, tender romance with Avigal (Vanessa Paradis), a Hasidic widow who’s barred by her Orthodox faith from being alone with another man.
Turturro creates a gentle love letter to New York neighborhoods and idiosyncracies, but his character is so unassuming he almost gets lost in the absurdity of the film’s premise.
Opens Friday, May 2, at area theaters; rated R for some sexual content, language and brief nudity; 90 minutes.